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Béjart

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Béjard

(both: bāzhär`), French family of actors associated with MolièreMolière, Jean Baptiste Poquelin
, 1622–73, French playwright and actor, b. Paris; son of a merchant who was upholsterer to the king. His name was originally Jean Baptiste Poquelin.
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, who joined their amateur company, Les Enfants de Famille. Their professional debut in Paris (1643) was as the Illustre-Théâtre; this failed (1645) and the company returned to the provinces only to triumph on their return in 1658. The eldest of the family was Joseph Béjart, c.1616–1659. His sister Madeleine Béjart, 1618–72, a fine actress and virtually the manager of the company, was Molière's mistress. Their sister, Geneviève Béjart, 1624–75, and brother, Louis Béjart, 1630–78, were also actors in the company. Louis retired in 1670, and was the first of Molière's actors to receive a pension. Armande Grésinde Béjart, c.1640–1700, Madeleine's sister or daughter, married Molière in 1662 and, trained by him, played most of his heroines. The death of Molière (1673) caused a momentary collapse of the King's Troupe, as the company was called, but Molière's widow and the actor La Grange procured the absorption by their group of one of the two rival Parisian companies, the troupe of the Théâtre du Marais. At the same time they lost the Palais Royal, the theater they had had since 1660. From its new quarters the company was known as the Hôtel Guénégaud troupe. In 1680 the troupe was merged with its only rival, the company of the Hôtel de BourgogneHôtel de Bourgogne
, first theater in Paris. It was built in 1548 by the Confraternity of the Passion, the Paris actors' monopoly. Its first days were marred by a ban on the presentation of religious dramas.
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. The resultant company was called the Comédie FrançaiseComédie Française
or Théâtre Français
, state theater of France. Also known as La Maison de Molière, it was officially established by Louis XIV in 1680.
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Caption: Bejart and Michele Seigneuret in his 1955 Symphonie Pour un Homme Seul
An inspired showman, Bejart attracted huge new audiences for dance with the productions he mounted in sports stadia, public squares and circus tents.
La pasion por la danza -similar a la que siente por el club de futbol Chacarita Juniors- lo llevo a estudiar en la famosa escuela de ballet Mudra, dirigida por Maurice Bejart en Belgica, integrarse a su compania y simultaneamente perfeccionar su tecnica en Montecarlo bajo la tutela de Marekka Bresobrasova, maestra tambien de Rudolf Nureyev.
He continued his studies at the State School of Dance in Athens, Greece and at Rudra in Lausanne, France, under the direction of Maurice Bejart.
GENEVA: French choreographer MAURICE BEJART, considered one of the great figures in contemporary ballet, died yesterday in a Swiss hospital at the age of 80.
The package includes tickets to Maurice Bejart's new ballet for 2007, "Tour du Monde en 80 minutes", a special Ballet Bejart gift, access to the Beau-Rivage Palace's Cinq Mondes Spa, fitness room, tennis courts and buffet breakfasts.
By the time she retired from the stage, Farrell had danced a repertory of more than 100 ballets, nearly a third of which were created for her by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Maurice Bejart.
This character, she feels, drawing her inspiration in part from old stones, is a much more likely candidate for the role of father to Armande Bejart, who became Moliere's 18-year-old bride in 1662 when the comic playwright was already 40, than Moliere himself.
Since then, the work has alternatively been presented at the Paris Opera in either version, always with superlative casts featuring the likes of Georges Thill, Simon Estes, Ann Murray, Anne Sofie von Otter, Siegmund Nimsgern, Thomas Moser or Samuel Ramey, and such conductors as Alain Lombard, Charles Dutoit, Cohn Davis, Igor Markevitch, not to mention a staging by Maurice Bejart.
In describing an excursion to the country property of Madeleine Bejart, for instance, she writes, "I was on a quest, not for information, not for a new fact or a new document but for what would awaken my imagination.
Maurice Bejart of France, a choreographer and director of the Lausanne Bejart Ballet.
Each year the municipality gives us the chance to watch performances by leading ballet groups from around the world, including Bolshoi, Kirov, Eifman, Bejart, Batsheva and others.